Gandhi season in Hindi Film Industry

The film titled ‘Gandhigiri’, written and directed by Sanoj Mishra is readying for an October release. Starring Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari and others, the film looks at the importance of Gandhiji’s values in today’s corrupt world. It attempts to answer uncomfortable questions such as if his teaching seven have any value left. More importantly, can anyone lead a peaceful life by implementing those values in day-to-day life?

If we had thought Raju Hirani’s ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai‘ which released in 2003 was the definitive word on Gandhism in today’s times, apparently there is still more left to be said on the subject. Sanjay Dutt reprising his role as Munna Bhai, a Mumbai underworld don, had started to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and through his interactions with Gandhi, begun to practice what he referred to as Gandhigirito help ordinary people solve their problems. It will be interesting to see how ‘Gandhigiri’ deals with what appears to be similar territory. That said, it is interesting to see filmmakers still find creative inspiration in Mahatma Gandhi. Here’s a look at the many stirring portrayals in cinema, of one of the nation’s – nay, international – true greats…

Gandhi directed by Richard Attenborough in 1982 stands out as perhaps the finest celluloid biography of Mahatma Gandhi. The film starring Ben Kingsley in the lead, also won him an Oscar and till today attracts repeat viewings. It gave not just foreign audiences but scores of Indians too, a first-hand lesson in the powerful yet non-violent role Gandhi played in the country’s fight for freedom.